These parents are asking for their future nanny to stay in character as a Disney princess while on the job
Bet you woke up this morning thinking you’d heard everything when it came to zany stuff that fellow parents do. PSYCH. You haven’t heard everything until you’ve heard about these parents who have the most bizarre expectation of their future nanny. That is, that she come to work daily dressed as and acting like a revolving cast of princesses from everyone’s favorite Disney movies.
No, we’re not kidding. Yes, you should sit down for this.
A couple used the British childcare site Childcare.co to put out the call for a very specific type of nanny who’s willing to work in costume — and in character. “I have a slightly unusual request that I’m hoping someone will be able to help me with!” the mom writes.
“Myself and my husband are looking for a part-time nanny to care for our twin girls during the week, but we want to hire someone to look after our children whilst in character as a different Disney princess every month, such as Princess Anna, Moana, Rapunzel and Princess Merida.”
Whilst. Well. Playing dress-up for a living sounds a lot more respectable when you put it so fancy-like.
She describes their five-year-old twin daughters as “obsessed” with Disney and it sounds like she’s trying to capitalize on their interest by having this would-be nanny teach life lessons while pretending to be one of the characters. Personally, we don’t see why these parents can’t just hire a regular nanny who’ll watch Disney+ with the kids (you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here), but okay.
“We know this isn’t a normal request for nannies, however we think it would be a great way to teach our girls about things like determination, compassion, fearlessness and ambition from strong yet relatable female role models like Princess Tiana, Princess Anna, Belle and Cinderella.”
“We are looking for someone who can commit to a character and create a really fun atmosphere in our home, but also won’t be afraid to be a disciplinarian if the twins are naughty or act out – they can be little terrors at times!” the mom continues. “The right person will have a real creative flare as well as a passion for all things Disney and will be able to share that love of those characters with our girls.”
So. You can “commit” to being a princess all day but bust out Mother Gothel if they act like the “little terrors” they’re capable of being? Sounds kind of appealing, actually.
Now, this isn’t just a babysitting gig, y’all. You also have to be ready, four days a week, to coordinate “a variety of Disney-related activities (arts and crafts, baking, singing, etc.), cooking dinner and potentially putting them to bed if we’re late home from work.”
These parents want a literal Mary Poppins who can also dress/act as Moana, Rapunzel, and Merida. Sounds totes reasonable.
They note that the job is part-time, but the right candidate/actress should “be willing to work around our busy schedules.”
Now I’m picturing a young woman going about her life on her day off while toting around a suitcase of costumes, ready to dart into a phone booth to Clark Kent her ass into princess apparel on a moment’s notice.
And for all this weirdness and aggravation, the parents are offering £40,000 a year (around $53,000) AND they’ll pay for your closet full of fluffy Disney princess outfits. If you get to keep the outfits after the job comes to an end, this might be a pretty lucrative spot TBH.
“We think a trial shift would work best, so we can see how you interact with our girls and allow us to formally meet before hiring,” she writes.
The ad closes with mom acknowledging that this isn’t exactly a “normal” job offering, but if you’re “Disney mad” and want to “add a little magic to our girl’s lives,” then go ahead and apply.
I’ll just be over here thrilled if we get a sitter willing to show up on time and listen to our son talk about Fortnite for three hours straight. Bless.